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Rams’ Aaron Donald embraces emotional Dante Fowler after Saints win
Over the course of a game, there are countless plays that wind up determining the outcome. It can be a long touchdown, an interception or a fourth-down conversion, and in the Los Angeles Rams’ win over the New Orleans Saints’ on Sunday, one of the biggest was Dante Fowler Jr.’s hit on Drew Brees in overtime.
It caused an errant throw, which was caught by John Johnson and eventually set up Greg Zuerlein’s game-winning field goal. Fowler, a midseason acquisition, came up huge in the biggest moment, helping lift the Rams to victory.
After the play, Fowler was greeted by a fired-up Aaron Donald, who yelled, “Let’s go!” In the on-field celebrations following Zuerlein’s game-winning kick, Fowler was emotional and seemingly on the verge of tears.
Donald embraced him again, sharing some words of encouragement.
“You made that big play, you hear me? You made that play for us. I appreciate you, you hear me? Big-time players make big-time plays in big-time games.”
Fowler is one of the newest Rams, but it’s clear he’s been fully welcomed to the team, especially after that play in the NFC championship. His connection with Donald is a strong one and hopefully it’ll continue beyond this year, too.
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11 minutes ago
Mariano Rivera’s Unanimous Induction Shows An Evolving Cooperstown | FiveThirtyEight
The only question about Mariano Rivera’s candidacy for the Baseball Hall of Fame was whether he would be the first player voted in unanimously by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, which serves as the primary gatekeeper for entry to the Hall. On Tuesday, the great New York Yankees pitcher became the first player to appear on 100 percent of writers’ ballots, with all 425 voters finally agreeing on something: that Rivera should be enshrined in Cooperstown, New York.
With his ballot sweep, the fearsome closer did something unmatched by even the greatest of his starting pitcher brethren, including Nolan Ryan, Greg Maddux, Tom Seaver and Randy Johnson — all of whom topped 97 percent. Three years ago, Ken Griffey Jr. came the closest to complete consensus when he received 99.32 percent of the vote — just three ballots short.
baseball  HOF  538 
14 minutes ago
Mariano Rivera: I Don’t Listen to Metallica | Music News | Consequence of Sound
That didn't stop the band from congratulating the legendary Yankees pitcher
Legendary New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera today (January 22nd) became the first-ever player to be unanimously voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and some may say he owes a tip of his hat to Metallica. The all-time Major League Baseball saves leader famously entered games to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame act’s massive hit “Enter Sandman”.
As if facing Rivera’s nasty cutter wasn’t intimidating enough for opposing batters, hearing the first few notes of “Enter Sandman” must have put more fear into hitters as they waited for the closer to begin his warmup tosses.
Metallica themselves even congratulated Rivera this evening upon news of his historic unanimous election. In a video message, frontman James Hetfield said, “We, Metallica, took a vote here, and it’s unanimous — congratulations from the entire Metallica family, Mariano, on your induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.”
Lars Ulrich then chimed in, “It’s well deserved, and we look forward to watching you enter the Hall this summer.”
baseball  HOF  music 
49 minutes ago
Mo | By Derek Jeter
I heard a stat the other day and it blew my mind:
In human history, more people have walked on the moon than have scored an earned run off of Mariano Rivera in the postseason.
Sounds crazy, right? But it’s true.
According to NASA, 12 people have had the privilege of walking on the moon.
According to Baseball Reference, 11 people have scored an earned run off of Playoff Mo.
And while no statistic could ever truly encapsulate Mariano, I figure this one is as close as we’re going to get. Because I think it really gives you a sense of what sort of greatness we’re dealing with, when it comes to Mo. It’s hard to compare him to other closers — in fact, it’s hard to compare him to other pitchers.
Mariano is just on another level.
baseball  HOF 
50 minutes ago
Ever humble Mariano Rivera says unanimous Hall vote was 'beyond my imagination' - NY Daily News
Mariano Rivera thought he might have “a good shot of being a Hall of Famer” after his 19-year career with 13-All-Star appearances, five World Series rings, MLB’s all-time saves record, an obscene postseason ERA and the title as the “greatest closer ever to play the game.” He never imagined, though, that he would make history on Tuesday night.
The Panamanian right-hander became the first player in baseball history to be elected into the Hall of Fame unanimously.
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50 minutes ago
Daring Fireball: Mariano Rivera First Player Ever Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Unanimously
Kristie Ackert, writing for The New York Daily News:
Mariano Rivera thought he might have “a good shot of being a Hall of Famer” after his 19-year career with 13-All-Star appearances, five World Series rings, MLB’s all-time saves record, an obscene postseason ERA and the title as the “greatest closer ever to play the game.” He never imagined, though, that he would make history on Tuesday night.
The Panamanian right-hander became the first player in baseball history to be elected into the Hall of Fame unanimously.
“After my career, I was thinking I had a good shot to be a Hall-of-Famer, but this was just beyond my imagination,” Rivera said Tuesday night on a conference call with reporters. ”Just to be considered a Hall-of-Famer is quite an honor, but being unanimous — it’s amazing.”
The whole thing where no one had ever been elected unanimously — not even Babe Ruth! — was a bad tradition. Glad to see it go, and even gladder that Mariano Rivera was the player. What a privilege it was to watch him pitch.
baseball  HOF  daring_fireball 
51 minutes ago
The Top 100 Greatest Tours of All Time
"I saw them on tour."
Five words that nearly every music fan has uttered.
Seeing a live performer on tour forever links both artist and fan to a particular venue, on a particular date, in a certain moment in time. Sometimes, the tour has a special, personal meaning to the individual fan, like the first time seeing a show with a future spouse. In other instances, a concert tour transcends live events and is a cultural moment.
Vivid Seats and Consequence of Sound explore the tours that were remarkable in quality, impact, influence or attendance. The deciding factor on how to rank and include tours? Asking ourselves, "Would we want to go back in time to check out this show if we had tickets?"
We limited each artist to just one tour, to promote inclusion and diversity, and strived to include tours of various genres and eras. The finished product captures memorable tours that hopefully all music fans can appreciate.
Vivid Seats/Consequence of Sound Top 100 Greatest Tours of All Time
24. Led Zeppelin - North American Tour 1968/1969 (1968-69)
It’s telling that Robert Plant and Jimmy Page can’t leave their homes without being asked about the chances of a Led Zeppelin reunion. It tells us that reporters and fans can’t take a hint, but it also reminds us that Zeppelin, for a time, were as big as any band in the world. Like many iconic bands before and after them, critics didn’t initially get Zeppelin, panning their records as derivative and unimaginative. That’s what makes the group’s earlier tours so intriguing. They had something to prove, and their 1968 North American tour saw them go from supporting bands like Vanilla Fudge, Country Joe & the Fish, and Iron Butterfly to headlining the very same tour, culminating in concerts like one in Boston where the band transformed one album’s worth of material and a handful of popular covers into more than four hours that left everyone spellbound. – Matt Melis
music  concert  ranking  top_ten  ledzep  beatles  rolling_stones  hendrix  PJ  bowie  prince  dylan  u2  GnR  beck  jack_white  gaga  alanis 
53 minutes ago
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 1990 Honda Civic EF (2019 HW Speed Graphics - GReddy)
It says it's a Speed Graphics model but it's pretty clean overall. Just white with a small GReddy logo and side striping. Looks really good actually!
hot_wheels  cars  honda  90s 
59 minutes ago
Super Bowl: How Los Angeles Rams went from 4-12 to title contenders
NEW ORLEANS — For just a fleeting moment, the revival of the Rams could be capsulized by one man Sunday afternoon.
General manager Les Snead sweated through his blue dress shirt as he greeted his players following Los Angeles' victory over the Saints in the NFC Championship Game. 
Snead's feelings were running the gamut — laughing one minute, sharing a poignant moment the next and, ultimately, expressing relief. 
"We'll take it," he managed after L.A.'s 26-23 comeback was capped by Greg Zuerlein's playoff-record 57-yard field goal in overtime. 
Snead's emotions felt like an apt microcosm of a hard-fought victory. The game itself appropriately summed up the Rams over the last few years — bleak at the start, thoroughly tested, yet ultimately triumphant.
Snead has been one of the few constants.
"Every journey, every season, every game — it's a metaphor of life," he told USA TODAY Sports. "You never know how many bad days you're gonna have. But the key is you've got to weather those, keep getting up, keep doing what you're called to do, and usually — at the end of the day — you'll be on the positive side of life."
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1 hour ago
Rams fans impressed by Dome's 'awesome' noise, enjoy win, endure some insults | News | theadvocate.com
David Macias was one of the few happy people in the Superdome.
Moments after the Saints' season ended on a 57-yard Greg Zuerlein field goal to send his Rams to the Super Bowl, Macias was leaning over the rail of Section 126, dangling a Rams World Order flag in an attempt to lure Rams players over.
"We're going to the Super Bowl!" the 45-year old plumber and city worker exclaimed. 
Macias lives in Riverside, California, and he traveled with two friends to the game, his first trip to New Orleans.
He was quick to note that he did not become a fan when the Rams moved back to Los Angeles in 2016; he had followed them even when they were in St. Louis for two decades after leaving L.A. in 1995. He goes to several road games a year and had nothing but pleasant things to say about Saints fans, including some in his section who bought him beer and joked with him throughout the game.
football  playoffs  rams 
1 hour ago
This Photo Shows the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse Rising in Texas
Photographer Jason Weingart shot this beautiful composite photo of the super blood wolf moon total lunar eclipse on January 20th and 21st. The image features six stages of the moon that night as it rose from the horizon and became totally eclipsed.
“I shot the barn at 105mm to give a compressed effect and eliminate some trees on both sides of it,” Weingart tells PetaPixel. “I shot the progression of the moon through the night at 250mm.
“I went back out every half hour, to give myself a good selection of moon images. I grabbed a shot of stars to the west, so I would have a good clean sky, although I probably could have used the stars around the peak eclipse. It got really dark!
photography  astronomy  moon  eclipse 
1 hour ago
Greg Zuerlein shares what went through his head on game-winning FG
Few people in the world know the joy of hitting a game-winning field goal to send a team to the Super Bowl. After drilling a 57-yarder in overtime to beat the Saints, Greg Zuerlein is now one of those people.
Zuerlein came up huge for the Rams on Sunday in the NFC championship, making a 48-yarder to send the game to overtime and then the eventual game-winner. He had plenty of leg on both, showing everyone why he carries the nickname of “Legatron.”
His 57-yarder would’ve been good from about 70 and split the uprights, leaving no doubt about whether it was good. After the game, Zuerlein discussed the kick and what was going through his mind.
“I really wasn’t thinking much,” Zuerlein said. “I just looked up and saw that it was going straight and I was happy. I knew it was going to be long enough because I thought I hit it pretty well power-wise. I just didn’t want it to tail one way or the next and luckily it stayed true.”
football  playoffs  rams  zuerlein 
1 hour ago
The NFL caused the non-call from the Rams-Saints game - Turf Show Times
The NFL shouldn’t continue to wait for “specific bad outcomes” to happen and then fix them. They should just fix them before they happen. We, as fans, deserve it.
The part we all should be able to agree on: Los Angeles Rams CB Nickell Robey-Coleman interfered with New Orleans Saints WR Tommylee Lewis. It should have been a flag. It’s an extremely egregious error that, as fans, we should never want to see take place. Additionally, the crew missed several calls on facemask penalties and some odd donkeystompings (donkeystomping #1, donkeystomping #2) from Saints players throughout the game that were equally egregious in their ignorance even if they lacked the proximity to the end of the game that the PI non-call did.
Good? Good.
The part that I’m worried about: A myopic quest to prevent the exact same situation from happening while allowing the next situation to happen that’s only slightly different or tangentially related that could get fixed now if we don’t allow the grievance of embittered fans to motivate the process to fix it.
football  playoffs  rams 
1 hour ago
Sean McVay was at Rams’ only Super Bowl win 19 years ago
Sean McVay made NFL history in the Los Angeles Rams’ win over the New Orleans Saints, becoming the youngest head coach ever to reach the Super Bowl. This isn’t the first time he’s been to the big game, though.
He also made an appearance 19 years ago when he was just 14, coincidentally at a game that involved the Rams – the then-St. Louis Rams, that is. McVay was in attendance for the Rams’ win over the Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV, though not as a young mastermind coach.
He was just a fan back then, watching the team he’d eventually become the coach of beat the guy who he replaced: Jeff Fisher.
After Sunday’s win, McVay shared the story of how he got to that game, the only time he’s ever attended a Super Bowl.
“It’s kind of ironic that the only Super Bowl I’ve been to as a fan was when the Rams played the Titans. I was at that game,” McVay said. “My grandpa, when he was still involved in the NFL, he got me tickets for my birthday. Now we’ll get a chance to go back – a lot of people that are special to the McVay family, but this is about the Rams against (the Patriots) and we’re excited to be able to continue our season.”
football  rams  superbowl  2000s  mcbae  coach 
1 hour ago
Mike Francesa thought Todd Gurley actually swapped jerseys with a ref
Todd Gurley wasn’t a big part of the Los Angeles Rams’ win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, but the officials certainly were. And after the game, Gurley made sure to rub it in everyone’s faces.
He shared a Photoshopped image of him swapping jerseys with referee Bill Vinovich, hilariously trolling Saints fans who were upset about the no-call on Nickell Robey-Coleman late in the fourth quarter.
football  rams  playoffs  twitter  gurley  troll  humor 
1 hour ago
Aaron Donald surprises no one, wins 2018 PFF Defensive Player of the Year | NFL Analysis | Pro Football Focus
The Aaron Donald is an alien, truly not of this planet. The NFL’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year turned the league on its head a year ago, nearly breaking PFF’s grading system and laying claim to several PFF records. In 2018, he earned better grades, broke his own records and cemented himself as the best defensive player in the NFL.
Donald’s 95.6 overall grade led all qualifying defenders in 2018 and bested his 94.0 mark that earned Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2017. He also earned career-high run-defense (93.0) and pass-rush (94.3) grades this past season, pushing past what we thought was possible at the defensive interior position.
football  rams  AD99  award  grade 
1 hour ago
Jared Goff had to overcome noise, technology – ProFootballTalk
The noise surrounding Sunday’s NFC Championship Game won’t die down anytime soon.
For Rams quarterback Jared Goff, it eventually did, but he had to borrow a helmet and get a tape job for that to happen.
Via Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, Goff had to borrow backup Sean Mannion‘s helmet Sunday when his headset communications went out before the first possession.
“It was disorienting loud, but we fought through it,” Goff said. “It wasn’t loud enough, I guess.”
Since the crowd noise in the Superdome is always an issue, Goff had to clasp his hands over the earholes in Mannion’s helmet to be able to hear coach Sean McVay, and seeing that on the big screens just amped the Saints crowd up that much more. When they huddled, they had to gather in closer than normal just to be able to hear each other. When he returned to the field later, they had taped over the earholes to give him some chance at hearing his coach.
“We were almost in a piano formation, where you had one guy low, another guy high, another guy low, and he’d go down the line,” guard Rodger Saffold said.
Through it all, he was able to coolly lead his team to the Super Bowl, as if none of that noise ever got through.
“We’re sure glad he’s our quarterback, we have a lot of belief in him,” Rams coach Sean McVay said. “When you look at the trajectory of his career, what he’s done over the last two years since our coaching staff has had a chance to work with him, we feel like he’s certainly been one of the best quarterbacks in this league. And I wouldn’t want anyone else leading our football team.”
Especially since they can hear each other now.
football  playoffs  rams  goff 
1 hour ago
Alexander: In Rams’ case, the bandwagon effect isn’t bad at all – Orange County Register
A Super Bowl berth is guaranteed to generate new followers … now, will they stay?
Usually we sneer, or at least look askance, at those “bandwagon” fans who become interested in a team just as it reaches the big stage. The normal inclination is to ask, “Well, where were you during the long, hard slog of the regular season?”
But not here, and not now. If you are a new (or renewed) Rams fan, excited because of the first Super Bowl involving an L.A. team in 35 years (and the first involving an L.A. Rams team in 39 years) … well, welcome aboard. I’m guessing they won’t even ask, “What kept you?”
This is, after all, what the NFL had in mind when it finally returned to the L.A. market in 2016, 21 years after abandoning it.
(We will pause here for Saints fans/conspiracy theorists to vent about whether audience-building had anything to do with the controversial no-call late in Sunday’s NFC championship game. Response: It didn’t, and before continuing to act as if your team has been the only victim of an egregious call in a conference championship game, Google “Tom Mack” and “bad call.” Thank you.)
football  rams  superbowl 
1 hour ago
Rams' McVay knows PI call missed, but also saw Goff facemask | FOX Sports
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — When the Los Angeles Rams‘ team bus rolled into their suburban training complex after a boisterous flight from New Orleans, the players and coaches were greeted by rowdy fans welcoming home the new NFC champions in the middle of the night.
The Rams and their fans lost some sleep Sunday night — but not about that missed pass interference on Nickell Robey-Coleman that could have altered the outcome of Los Angeles’ 26-23 overtime victory in the NFC championship game.
“I’m not going to sit here and say there clearly wasn’t a little bit of contact before that ball actually arrived,” Rams coach Sean McVay said Monday. “But whether he catches it or not, there’s a lot of things that go into that. … I feel bad for when it occurred in the framework of the game, but I thought (Saints coach) Sean (Payton) said it best: There’s a lot of other opportunities, and there’s a lot of things that do dictate and determine the outcome of the game.”
football  playoffs  rams  coach  mcbae 
1 hour ago
Sean McVay calls football an ‘imperfect game’ in response to no-call
Now two days removed from the controversial ending to the NFC championship game, the conversation about the missed pass interference on Nickell Robey-Coleman is still going strong. That’s not exactly surprising considering the circumstances and the impact the no-call had on the Super Bowl matchup, but hopefully it’ll quiet down at some point.
It just hasn’t happened yet.
Rams coach Sean McVay was asked about it again on Monday night. Initially, he had said he thought that it was a bang-bang play and appreciated the fact that the officials let the players play. This time, he admitted there was early contact without fully saying the referee blew the call.
He also pointed toward the idea that you can look at several close plays in slow motion and feel differently about them, like the missed face-mask penalty on Jared Goff in the fourth quarter.
football  playoffs  rams  coach  mcbae 
2 hours ago
LA Rams at Saints NFC Championship: Game balls highlight Goff’s big day - Turf Show Times
These aren’t your Rams of Week 1.
Jared Goff
Furious helmet tapping, a few drops, a couple lacking drives, Rams fans looking on in horror, but eeeeeeasy! Goff doesn’t care.
Goff was cool under pressure and just kept playing until the dust settled and the men were separated from the Saints. Unless the Rams end up playing in a snowstorm, it doesn’t seem like any situation itself will be able to rattle Goff too much, provided he has some sort of protection up front. While statistically comparable, Goff seemed to have more poise than Brees down the stretch after the defenses made adjustments.
football  rams  playoffs  goff 
2 hours ago
Andrew Whitworth has high praise for Jared Goff: ‘He’s a special kid’
After the Rams’ win over the Saints on Sunday, Whitworth shared some high praise for Goff, showing the level of respect he has for him. And now, he wants to win the Super Bowl for Goff, because he deserves it.
“He’s just a special kid. I’ve said it since we came to training camp and really since the day I met him, I’ve realized that he’s a special kid,” Whitworth said. “I told my wife before these playoffs started, this is the first year that it really wasn’t about me. I really honestly felt like I was more nervous for these playoffs because I believe in Jared Goff and I believe he deserves to win and I just want to be right about that and that’s what it means most to me. I couldn’t be more proud of him.”
football  playoffs  rams  goff 
2 hours ago
Look: Rams preview throwback jerseys with Super Bowl LIII patch
The Los Angeles Rams announced their Super Bowl uniforms on Sunday night following an NFC championship victory over the New Orleans Saints.
Los Angeles, being the designated home team, has decided to wear its throwback blue and yellow jerseys for the big game. The Rams equipment staff put the finishing touches on the uniforms, adding a coveted Super Bowl LIII patch to the jerseys.
football  rams  superbowl  uniform 
2 hours ago
Rams report card: Grading every position vs. Saints in NFC title game
The Los Angeles Rams are a little more than a week away from Super Bowl LIII, but without some strong performances from a bunch of position groups – the referees not included – they wouldn’t be in this position. The Rams were great in all three phases of the game against the Saints, which is the primary reason they’re going to Atlanta.
Here’s our report card from the conference championship, grading each and every position from quarterback to special teams.
Quarterback
Jared Goff wasn’t perfect in this game, but he was a big reason the Rams won. Down the stretch, he repeatedly made clutch throws, whether it was the two to Tyler Higbee in overtime or the 39-yarder to Gerald Everett after escaping the pocket.
The interception wasn’t on him, either, considering it was a clear drop by Todd Gurley. Goff made very few mistakes or poor throws against the Saints despite the crowd noise and a relentless pass rush.
Grade: A-
Special teams
Greg Zuerlein and Johnny Hekker. Need we say more? Zuerlein hit from 48 and 57 yards on his last two kicks, while Hekker pulled off yet another fake punt to perfection, preventing the game from getting out of hand. Without these two, the Rams aren’t in the Super Bowl.
Grade: A+
football  playoffs  rams  goff  grade  hekker  zuerlein 
2 hours ago
TRANSCRIPT: LA Rams HC Sean McVay January 21 press conference - Turf Show Times
Here’s what McVay had to say to the media yesterday.
Los Angeles Rams HC Sean McVay
(On his reaction to playing the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl)
”A lot of respect for them. They’ve been doing it as consistently as any organization in the history of this league. Gotten a chance to get to know (Patriots Head) Coach (Bill) Belichick a little bit. Had a relationship with (Patriots Offensive Coordinator) Josh McDaniels. Really, we practiced against those guys when I was in Washington early on and kind of kept in contact with them. They’re a team that you’re always watching the way they do things and you just have so much respect for the way that they’ve operated over the last handful of years. So, it’s going to be a great challenge – something that we’ll get started on as soon as we end up here.”
football  playoffs  rams  coach  mcbae  transcript  superbowl 
2 hours ago
Saints owner Gayle Benson releases statement on controversial NFC Championship Game | Touchdown Wire
New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson released a statement on Monday after her team’s brutal, overtime loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game.
Benson addressed the non-pass interference call in the fourth quarter that detoured a potential game-winning drive. Heck, it could be said it detoured a game-winning TD pass.
Here is Mrs. Benson’s statement in full:
Yesterday’s result is still difficult to accept for all of us. I am thoroughly disappointed by the events that led to the outcome of yesterday’s game. Getting to the Super Bowl is incredibly difficult to do and takes such an unbelievable commitment from a team and support from its fans. No team should ever be denied the opportunity to reach the title game (or simply win a game) based on the actions, or inactions, of those charged with creating a fair and equitable playing field. As is clear to all who watched the game, it is undeniable that our team and fans were unfairly deprived of that opportunity yesterday. I have been in touch with the NFL regarding yesterday’s events and will aggressively pursue changes in NFL policies to ensure no team and fan base is ever put in a similar position again. It is a disservice to our coaches, players, employees and, most importantly, the fans who make our game possible. The NFL must always commit to providing the most basic of expectations – fairness and integrity...
football  playoffs  rams  business  press_release 
2 hours ago
'That’s all Coach Wade': Rams D hitting its stride in time for Super Bowl - Los Angeles Rams Blog- ESPN
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The price tag to assemble the Los Angeles Rams' defense was hefty, and despite clinching a division title, the results didn't live up to expectations throughout most of the regular season.
Then the playoffs arrived.
A once dormant Ndamukong Suh woke up, as the Rams shut down the season's leading rusher Ezekiel Elliott in a divisional-round win over the Dallas Cowboys.
"He used his talent," defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. "He was really motivated to play well and he did."
In the NFC Championship Game victory over the New Orleans Saints, Aqib Talib, who spent eight weeks on injured reserve, regained form as a shutdown corner as he neutralized Drew Brees' favorite target Michael Thomas.
football  playoffs  rams 
2 hours ago
Bill Belichick says Aaron Donald is ‘pretty much unblockable’
Aaron Donald is in line to win his second straight Defensive Player of the Year award after leading the league in sacks, tackles for loss, quarterback hits and pressures. He had half of the Los Angeles Rams’ sacks this season, proving to be arguably the best player in the NFL.
The New England Patriots are well aware of the talent Donald possesses and even Bill Belichick paid him some high praise in typical Bill Belichick fashion. The Patriots coach was asked what stands out about Donald, to which he said this.
“Everything. He’s pretty much unblockable,” Belichick said Tuesday.
In Belichick’s world, that’s a huge compliment. He didn’t elaborate any further on the question about what makes Donald so great, but that simple sentence shows just how much respect he has for the All-Pro defensive tackle.
football  rams  AD99  patriots  coach 
2 hours ago
LA Rams at NO Saints: Film review shows Rams’ defensive adjustments - Turf Show Times
The Rams went into the game daring anyone on the Saints not named Mike Thomas to beat them, though things eventually changed
The Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints game is over, and while the Rams are moving forward and preparing for a Superbowl showdown against the New England Patriots, it’s good to revisit what made the Rams successful in the NFC Championship and what allowed them to extend their season.
Let’s revisit the tape.
football  playoffs  rams  review  video 
2 hours ago
Synology with a Smart ups - connect, manage, shut down? - NAS Compares
UPS
An UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) is a backup power device that allows the Synology NAS to continue operating for a short time if power failure occurs. This function at Control Panel > Hardware & Power > UPS helps prevent data loss by giving the Synology NAS enough time to save data and unmount volumes before losing power and shutting off.
Safe Mode
When the Synology NAS enters Safe Mode, it stops all services and unmounts volumes in order to prevent data loss and shut down (halt for EDS14) safely when the UPS device runs out of power. By default, the system enters Safe Mode when the UPS device starts running low on power. You can also specify the amount of time before the Synology NAS enters Safe Mode when power failure occurs. However, if the UPS device reaches low battery before the specified time, the system enters Safe Mode immediately.
In situations when the Synology NAS shuts down during Safe Mode, it will automatically turn on when power is restored if you have enabled the Restart automatically after a power failure option (located at Control Panel > Hardware & Power > General).
NAS  UPS  battery  backup 
2 hours ago
Tom Garry's Mac and iOS setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Tom Garry, and I’m a primary school Deputy Head and Teaching & Learning Lead based in South London.
What is your current setup?
My Mac is a 2015 11” MacBook Air running High Sierra. I love the MacBook Air and will be disappointed when this one dies as the range has been retired. However, it is still running well for the time being. My job involves travel to several different schools, where I may be doing anything from running staff training and meeting teachers to observing or teaching lessons. For that reason, portability is really important to me: I like to be able to carry everything with me in a briefcase. Along with my MacBook, I always carry a presentation clicker and DisplayPort adaptor, so that I can plug in and go wherever I am.
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2 hours ago
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Announces Her Resignation ·
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn today surprised the audience at a FCC open meeting when she announced she was resigning from the Commission after nearly nine years of service, including a brief stint as acting chairman.
Clyburn, appointed by President Barack Obama in the early days of his first term, joined the FCC in 2009. Clyburn was a fierce advocate for consumer protection, net neutrality, and the economically disenfranchised.
Clyburn had been increasingly frustrated with the radical changes at the agency since Donald Trump became president and appointed Ajit Pai to head the FCC. Pai spent most of his first year as chairman systematically undoing Obama era policies and transitioning towards unprecedented deregulation.
Clyburn is one of two Democrats serving a minority party role at the FCC. Until the president appoints a new Democrat to replace Clyburn, and that candidate is confirmed by the Senate, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel will be the sole Democrat on the Commission.
Clyburn will be missed by many, including Gigi Sohn, who served as counselor to former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler from November 2013-December 2016.
fcc  gov2.0  politics  Dems  stop_the_cap  net_neutrality 
2 hours ago
Kirkville - Amazon Finally Announces Numbers: 100 Million Prime Members
In a rare event, Amazon announced, in its latest letter to shareholders, that there are more than 100 million members of Amazon Prime around the world.
13 years post-launch, we have exceeded 100 million paid Prime members globally.
Amazon has always been shy about released numbers, such as sales figures; no one outside the company knows how many Kindles they have sold, for example. Some numbers are available, of course, in its financial statements, but these are aggregates; it’s rare that Amazon gives figures for specific products or services.
To be honest, I’d have thought they had more than that. That suggests – with some quick, back-of-the-envelope calculations – that there are, say, 60 million members in the US, 10 million in the UK, 10 million in France, 10 million in Germany, and a few million in each of the other countries where Prime exists. The service is available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, Austria, India, Mexico, Singapore, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, which isn’t a lot of countries. Which means the company still has a lot of growth possible around that service. I can’t find a list of all the countries where Amazon has its full Prime service; they offer some Prime features, such as video, in nearly every country in the world (the only countries that cannot access Prime Video are Mainland China, Iran, North Korea, and Syria).
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2 hours ago
Here are the types of marijuana best for stress and anxiety, according to users | Ars Technica
For depression, use may exacerbate symptom severity over time.
By passively monitoring user-generated data from medical cannabis patients, researchers have glimpsed the types and amounts of marijuana that seem effective for relieving symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. The findings could direct more detailed research into the best strains for specific conditions. But the data also hints at a danger of using marijuana to manage depression symptoms in the long term.
The study, published this week in the Journal of Affective Disorders by researchers at Washington State University, is based on data from a medical cannabis app called Strainprint, which lets patients track symptom severity after medical cannabis use. Before that, users enter detailed information about the strain of marijuana used, including selecting specific products from a list of those sold by licensed medical cannabis distributors in Canada. Health Canada has uniquely strict production and quality control guidelines for products sold there. But if a patient is using a product not on the list, they can manually input information about the strain, including cannabinoid content.
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2 hours ago
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The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math, From One to Infinity - YouTube
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13 hours ago
Steven Strogatz
What can math reveal about our world and ourselves?
Steven Strogatz is an applied mathematician who works in the areas of nonlinear dynamics and complex systems, often on topics inspired by the curiosities of everyday life. He loves finding math in places where you’d least expect it—and then using it to illuminate life’s mysteries, big and small. For example: Why is it so hard to fall asleep a few hours before your regular bedtime? When you start chatting with a stranger on a plane, why is it so common to find that you have a mutual acquaintance? What can twisting a rubber band teach us about our DNA? An award-winning researcher, teacher, and communicator, Strogatz enjoys sharing the beauty of math though his books, essays, public lectures, and radio and television appearances.
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15 hours ago
Division and Its Discontents - The New York Times
There’s a narrative line that runs through arithmetic, but many of us missed it in the haze of long division and common denominators. It’s the story of the quest for ever-more versatile numbers.
The “natural numbers” 1, 2, 3 and so on are good enough if all we want to do is count, add and multiply. But once we ask how much remains when everything is taken away, we are forced to create a new kind of number — zero — and since debts can be owed, we need negative numbers too. This enlarged universe of numbers called “integers” is every bit as self-contained as the natural numbers, but much more powerful because it embraces subtraction as well.
A new crisis comes when we try to work out the mathematics of sharing. Dividing a whole number evenly is not always possible … unless we expand the universe once more, now by inventing fractions. These are ratios of integers — hence their technical name, “rational numbers.” Sadly, this is the place where many students hit the mathematical wall.
There are many confusing things about division and its consequences, but perhaps the most maddening is that there are so many different ways to describe a part of a whole.
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15 hours ago
The Enemy of My Enemy - The New York Times
It’s traditional to teach kids subtraction right after addition.  That makes sense — the same facts about numbers get used in both, though in reverse.  And the black art of “borrowing,” so crucial to successful subtraction, is only a little more baroque than that of “carrying,” its counterpart for addition.  If you can cope with calculating 23 + 9, you’ll be ready for 23 – 9 soon enough.
At a deeper level, however, subtraction raises a much more disturbing issue, one that never arises with addition.  Subtraction can generate negative numbers.  If I try to take 6 cookies away from you but you only have 2, I can’t do it — except in my mind, where you now have negative 4 cookies, whatever that means.
Subtraction forces us to expand our conception of what numbers are.  Negative numbers are a lot more abstract than positive numbers — you can’t see negative 4 cookies and certainly can’t eat them — but you can think about them, and you have to, in all aspects of daily life, from debts and overdrafts to contending with freezing temperatures and parking garages.
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15 hours ago
Rock Groups - The New York Times
Like anything else, arithmetic has its serious side and its playful side.
The serious side is what we all learned in school: how to work with columns of numbers, adding them, subtracting them, grinding them through the spreadsheet calculations needed for tax returns and year-end reports. This side of arithmetic is important, practical and — for many people — joyless.
The playful side of arithmetic is a lot less familiar, unless you were trained in the ways of advanced mathematics. Yet there’s nothing inherently advanced about it. It’s as natural as a child’s curiosity.
In his book “A Mathematician’s Lament,” Paul Lockhart advocates an educational approach in which numbers are treated more concretely than usual: he asks us to imagine them as groups of rocks. For example, six corresponds to a group of rocks like this...
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15 hours ago
From Fish to Infinity - The New York Times
I have a friend who gets a tremendous kick out of science, even though he’s an artist. Whenever we get together all he wants to do is chat about the latest thing in evolution or quantum mechanics. But when it comes to math, he feels at sea, and it saddens him. The strange symbols keep him out. He says he doesn’t even know how to pronounce them.
In fact, his alienation runs a lot deeper. He’s not sure what mathematicians do all day, or what they mean when they say a proof is elegant. Sometimes we joke that I just should sit him down and teach him everything, starting with 1 + 1 = 2 and going as far as we can.
Crazy as it sounds, over the next several weeks I’m going to try to do something close to that. I’ll be writing about the elements of mathematics, from pre-school to grad school, for anyone out there who’d like to have a second chance at the subject — but this time from an adult perspective. It’s not intended to be remedial. The goal is to give you a better feeling for what math is all about and why it’s so enthralling to those who get it.
So, let’s begin with pre-school.
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15 hours ago
The Joy of X - The New York Times
Steven Strogatz on math, from basic to baffling.
At this stage in the series it’s time to shift gears, moving on from grade school arithmetic to high school math.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be revisiting algebra, geometry and trig.  Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten them all — there won’t be any tests this time around, so instead of worrying about details, we have the luxury of concentrating on the most beautiful, important and far-reaching ideas.
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From Fish to Infinity (Jan. 31, 2010)
Rock Groups (Feb. 7, 2010)
The Enemy of My Enemy (Feb. 14, 2010)
Division and Its Discontents (Feb. 21, 2010)
Algebra, for example, may have once struck you as a dizzying mix of symbols, definitions and procedures, but in the end they all boil down to just two activities — solving for x and working with formulas.
Solving for x is detective work.  You’re searching for an unknown number, x.  You’ve been handed a few clues about it, either in the form of an equation like 2x + 3 = 7, or, less conveniently, in a convoluted verbal description of it (as in those scary “word problems”).  In either case, the goal is to identify x from the information given.
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15 hours ago
The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math, From One to Infinity - YouTube
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Published on Sep 8, 2016
Math underpins everything in the cosmos, including us, yet too few of us understand this universal language well enough to revel in its wisdom, its beauty and its joy. Why are numbers so helpful? What are the wondrous truths implicit in the Pythagorean theorem, irrational numbers, fat tails? What are the surprising charms of calculus? How does math relate to zebra stripes, sunsets and even your dating life? Join us!
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15 hours ago
Pelosi snatches away the football, and Trump falls flat again - The Washington Post
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pulled a fast one on President Trump on Wednesday by postponing the State of the Union address until the shutdown is over — or allowing him to submit his remarks in writing. Trump feigned indifference. But he couldn’t contain himself — much as he could not control himself on the day Pelosi was sworn in and showed up in the White House press room to get some attention.
On Thursday, Trump, in an error-filled letter (are fact-checkers on furlough?), told Pelosi that he was postponing the trip she and others were planning in order to visit NATO leaders in Brussels and troops in Afghanistan. (He said the trip was seven days; it was five. He said they were to stop in Egypt; no Egypt stop was planned.)
Let’s count Trump’s most obvious blunders.
First, you cannot claim to be indifferent about a punch to the gut and then in 24 hours retaliate in such petty fashion while claiming — no, really — that this wasn’t about retaliation at all. Trump could not help appearing spiteful because, well, he was acting out of spite.
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15 hours ago
Opinion | Trump Tries to Destroy, and Justice Roberts Tries to Save, What Makes America Great - The New York Times
Our institutions give us strength. Fortunately, people with civic courage are working to protect them.
For me, the most disturbing thing about the Trump presidency is the way each week, like a steady drip of acid, Donald Trump tries to erode the thing that truly makes us great as a country and the envy of so many around the world — the independence and nonpartisan character of our courts, our military, our F.B.I., our Border Patrol and our whole federal bureaucracy.
No modern president has been more willing to use U.S. service members or border police as props for his politics, to blithely declare without evidence that most of the 800,000 federal workers going unpaid during the government shutdown are Democrats, to refer to the Pentagon leadership as “my generals” and “my military,” and to denounce different federal judges who have ruled against him as a “so-called judge,” an “Obama judge” and a “Mexican” judge (even though he was born in Indiana).
Why is this so important? Because America’s core governing institutions were not built to be “conservative” or “liberal.” They were built to take our deepest values and our highest ideals and animate them, promote them and protect them — to bring them to life and to scale them. They are the continuity that binds one generation of Americans to the next and the beacon for how we work together to build an ever more perfect union.
At their best, these institutions have created the regulatory foundations and legal and security frameworks that have made America great — that have enabled innovation to be sparked, commerce to flourish and ideas to freely blossom. Rather than serving any party or person’s whims, these institutions have promoted and protected enduring American values, laws, norms and ideals.
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15 hours ago
Visualizing Vastness - The New York Times
This is the final essay in a six-part series.
In the funky, crunchy, slightly gritty college town where I live, we have a pedestrian mall called the Ithaca Commons. You can probably picture it: A gem store. A hemp shop. Lots of places to buy hand-made candles.
And a scale model of the solar system … five billion times smaller than the real thing.
Built in honor of Carl Sagan, the Cornell astronomer, author and science communicator, the Sagan Planet Walk offers lessons that reach far beyond astronomy. It’s a case study in visualizing vastness.
Admit it. You have no real feeling for the size of the solar system. That’s O.K. Nobody else does either. Even knowing the numbers doesn’t help much. If I tell you the Earth is about 8,000 miles in diameter and 93,000,000 miles from the Sun, does that give you any sense of the distances involved? No, because the numbers are too big. Things that are so far removed from our daily experience — like quarks, and dinosaurs, and Kim Kardashian — are inherently hard to understand.
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16 hours ago
Dangerous Intersection - The New York Times
I don’t know much about camels, having ridden one only once (and that was enough). But from what I’ve been told, you can usually add another piece of straw to a camel’s burden without ill effect.
Except, of course, when it’s the last straw.
The ancient proverb about the straw that broke the camel’s back is meant as a lesson about the nature of precipitous change. It reminds us that big changes don’t necessarily require big forces. If the conditions are just right (or wrong), a tap can push a system over the brink.
In the mid-20th century, mathematicians updated this proverb by turning it into a picture, a graph of the interplay between input and output, force and response. A field known as catastrophe theory explores how slow continuous changes in the force applied to a system (like the gradually increasing load on a camel’s back) can trigger rapid discontinuous jumps in its response.
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16 hours ago
It's My Birthday Too, Yeah - The New York Times
By an amazing coincidence my sister, Cathy, and my Aunt Vere have the same birthday: April 4.
Actually, it’s not so amazing. In any extended family with enough siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins, you’d expect at least one such birthday coincidence. Certainly, if there are 366 people in the family — more relatives than days of the year — they can’t all have different birthdays, so a match is guaranteed in a family this big. (Or if you’re worried about leap year, make it 367.)
But suppose we don’t insist on absolute certainty. A classic puzzle called the “birthday problem” asks: How many people would be enough to make the odds of a match at least 50-50?
The answer, just 23 people, comes as a shock to most of us the first time we hear it. Partly that’s because it’s so much less than 366. But it’s also because we tend to mistake the question for one about ourselves. My birthday.
John Allen Paulos gave a vivid example of this error in his trenchant best seller “Innumeracy”...
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16 hours ago
Proportion Control - The New York Times
No other number attracts such a fevered following as the golden ratio. Approximately equal to 1.618 and denoted by the Greek letter phi, it’s been canonized as the “Divine Proportion.” Its devotees will tell you it’s ubiquitous in nature, art and architecture. And there are plastic surgeons and financial mavens who will tell you it’s the secret to pretty faces and handsome returns.

Not bad for the second-most famous irrational number. In your face, pi!

It even made a cameo appearance in “The Da Vinci Code.” While trying to decipher the clues left at the murder scene in the Louvre that opens the novel, the hero, Robert Langdon, “felt himself suddenly reeling back to Harvard, standing in front of his ‘Symbolism in Art’ class, writing his favorite number on the chalkboard. 1.618.”

Langdon tells his class that, among other astonishing things, da Vinci “was the first to show that the human body is literally made of building blocks whose proportional ratios always equal phi.”
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16 hours ago
Friends You Can Count On - The New York Times
You spend your time tweeting, friending, liking, poking, and in the few minutes left, cultivating friends in the flesh. Yet sadly, despite all your efforts, you probably have fewer friends than most of your friends have. But don’t despair — the same is true for almost all of us. Our friends are typically more popular than we are.
Don’t believe it? Consider these results from a colossal recent study of Facebook by Johan Ugander, Brian Karrer, Lars Backstrom and Cameron Marlow. (Disclosure: Ugander is a student at Cornell, and I’m on his doctoral committee.) They examined all of Facebook’s active users, which at the time included 721 million people — about 10 percent of the world’s population — with 69 billion friendships among them. First, the researchers looked at how users stacked up against their circle of friends. They found that a user’s friend count was less than the average friend count of his or her friends, 93 percent of the time. Next, they measured averages across Facebook as a whole, and found that users had an average of 190 friends, while their friends averaged 635 friends of their own.
Studies of offline social networks show the same trend. It has nothing to do with personalities; it follows from basic arithmetic. For any network where some people have more friends than others, it’s a theorem that the average number of friends of friends is always greater than the average number of friends of individuals.
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16 hours ago
Singular Sensations - The New York Times
Sharpen your pencils, dust off your abacus and join me once again for a few weeks of mind-bending pleasure. No, I’m not speaking about politics.
We’ll travel to a place where problems have answers and truth exists.
The haven of mathematics.
My previous series offered a panoramic view of the field. This time, in “Me, Myself and Math,” we’ll focus on how the subject I love — math — relates to the subject we all love — ourselves.
From the DNA that encodes us, to the fingerprints that characterize us, to our place in the universe and our friend counts on Facebook, we are mathematical marvels. In the coming weeks we’ll see what math can reveal about us and our world, and at the same time, how the wonders of us have inspired advances in math. No specialized knowledge or background will be required, just curiosity and a sense of fun.
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16 hours ago
Numberplay: Steven Strogatz and The Joy of x, Part 2 - The New York Times
This week we offer a second puzzle from “The Joy of x,” the recently-released book by mathematician Steven Strogatz based on his popular New York Times Opinionator Series “The Elements of Math.” If you happened to enjoy “The Elements of Math,” you’ll love “The Joy of x.”
Also this week — if you happen to be in Manhattan (and can get a ticket!), you can see Steven Strogatz in person. Dr. Strogatz will be presenting “Doing Math in Public,” an account of his adventures as a New York Times columnist bringing the joy and beauty of math to the general public. The talk will take place at Baruch College and is sponsored by The Museum of Mathematics as part of its Math Encounters series.
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16 hours ago
Numberplay: Steven Strogatz and the Joy of x - The New York Times
We have a special treat this week and next: puzzles from Steven Strogatz‘s “The Joy of x,” the recently-released book based on Dr. Strogatz’s popular New York Times Opinionator Series “The Elements of Math.” (“The Elements of Math,” in case you missed it, is Dr. Strogatz’ 15-part series on mathematics from “the basic to the baffling” that ran back in early 2010.)
I loved “The Joy of x.” The book offers effortless access to the real beauty and coherence of math. If Dr. Strogatz were a performing jazz musician, he’d invite you up on stage, give you an instrument, and have you experience the music flowing through you. “The Joy of x” is like that.
And if you’re in Manhattan on Dec. 5 you will have the opportunity to experience this jazz firsthand. Dr. Strogatz will be presenting “Doing Math in Public” as part of the Math Encounters series presented by the Museum of Mathematics. Details at the end of this post.
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16 hours ago
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16 hours ago
The Beauty and Delight of Mathematics: Q&A with Steven Strogatz | WIRED
Many people are interested in mathematics, or at least interested in the idea of being interested in math. But for too many people, they find math daunting. But it needn’t be so. Yes, there is jargon in math, like any other field. But many of the ideas in mathematics are simpler than you might realize, and also incredibly beautiful and elegant.
Well, Steven Strogatz has just released a wonderful gem of a book called The Joy of X, which is exactly about the wonder and beauty inherent in math. There is a joy to mathematics and Strogatz—a wonderfully gifted teacher and storyteller—takes us through the world of math, from the definition of a number all the way to calculus and probability theory.
Steve, also my graduate school adviser during my Ph.D., was kind enough do a Q&A via e-mail.
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16 hours ago
Opinion | Beware the Furies, President Trump - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — After I’d been writing a column for a few years, a male boss gave me a T-shirt depicting the Furies swooping.
He didn’t mean it as a compliment.
The three sisters, the “infernal goddesses” of ancient mythology born from the blood shed by Uranus when he was castrated by his son, were known for relentlessly hounding men. But the Furies took vengeance on wicked men who hurt women and swore false oaths.
So I took it as a compliment.
The capital has suddenly been infused with the spirit of the Furies. After many false springs and discouraging backlashes, we are finally experiencing a revolutionary assertion of women’s power that is transforming Congress.
“Kill Bill”-style, the fiery Democratic women keep coming, driven by vengeance against the wicked man in the White House with the history of hurting women and swearing false oaths.
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17 hours ago
Fuller Picture Emerges of Viral Video of Native American Man and Catholic Students - The New York Times
A fuller and more complicated picture emerged on Sunday of the videotaped encounter between a Native American man and a throng of high school boys wearing “Make America Great Again” gear outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
Interviews and additional video footage suggest that an explosive convergence of race, religion and ideological beliefs — against a national backdrop of political tension — set the stage for the viral moment. Early video excerpts from the encounter obscured the larger context, inflaming outrage.
Leading up to the encounter on Friday, a rally for Native Americans and other Indigenous people was wrapping up. Dozens of students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky, who had been in Washington for the anti-abortion March for Life rally, were standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, many of them white and wearing apparel bearing the slogan of President Trump.
There were also black men who identified themselves as Hebrew Israelites, preaching their beliefs and shouting racially combative comments at the Native Americans and the students, according to witnesses and video on social media.
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17 hours ago
The Rams deserve to play in the Super Bowl, even if they got some help to make it there - The Washington Post
NEW ORLEANS — If you love controversy and hate the idea of the Los Angeles Rams, then it will be easy to discredit what they accomplished Sunday at the earsplitting Superdome. You will brand them lucky. You might even suggest the NFL conspired to get their big-name, pass-interfering fannies into the Super Bowl. When a great game includes a bad call at a critical moment, it’s hard to separate the spectacular from the dirty.
It is a much simpler — and lazier — task to rag on the serial carpetbagging franchise, which is now back in Hollywood with a glamorous roster to match and experiencing a meteoric resurgence that belies the difficulty of its journey. Don’t get carried away with the outrage, however. The messy officiating is only one part of the story. It shouldn’t overshadow that the Rams, for all their star power and offensive brilliance and clever coaching, proved to be more than just stylish in becoming the first road team in six seasons to win a conference championship game.
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17 hours ago
Five myths about climate change - The Washington Post
The Fourth National Climate Assessment — the work of 13 federal agencies and more than 350 scientists, including me — is clear: The Earth is warming faster than at any time in human history, and we’re the ones causing it. Climate change is already affecting people, and the more carbon we produce, the more dangerous the effects over the coming century. Nevertheless, many people continue to believe and propagate some misleading myths. Here are the five I hear most frequently.
MYTH NO. 1
Climate scientists are in it for the money.
MYTH NO. 2
The climate has changed before. It's just a natural cycle.
MYTH NO. 3
Climate scientists are split on whether it's real.
MYTH NO. 4
Climate change won't affect me.
MYTH NO. 5
It's cold outside — global warming can't be real.
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17 hours ago
Ocasio-Cortez Pushes Democrats to the Left, Whether They Like It or Not - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — Not so long ago, left-wing activists were dismissed as fringe or even kooky when they pressed for proposals to tax the superrich at 70 percent, to produce all of America’s power through renewable resources or to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Then along came Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — and her social-media megaphone.
In the two months since her election, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has had the uncanny ability for a first-term member of Congress to push the debate inside the Democratic Party sharply to the left, forcing party leaders and 2020 presidential candidates to grapple with issues that some might otherwise prefer to avoid.
The potential Democratic field in 2020 is already being quizzed about her (Senator Kamala Harris praised her on “The View”), emulating her digital tactics (Senator Elizabeth Warren held an Instagram chat in her kitchen that looked much like one of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s sessions) and embracing some of her causes.
Ms. Warren and Senator Cory Booker, among others, have recently endorsed the idea of a “Green New Deal,” a call to reimagine an environment-first economy that would phase out fossil fuels. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez thrust that issue into the national dialogue after she joined a sit-in protest in the office of then-incoming House speaker, Representative Nancy Pelosi, in one of her first, rebellious acts in Washington.
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17 hours ago
After More Than Two Decades of Work, a New Hebrew Bible to Rival the King James - The New York Times
The pre-eminent scholar Robert Alter has finally finished his own translation.
One morning this fall, at his home high in the Berkeley hills, the literary critic and translator Robert Alter chatted with me about the dilemmas he faced while translating the Hebrew Bible. Alter, who is 83, sat on a sofa with a long-limbed, feline watchfulness. Behind him, a picture window looked out onto a blooming garden; now and then a hummingbird appeared over his left shoulder, punctuating his thoughts with winged flourishes. He occasionally cast a probing eye on his brand-new, complete translation of and commentary on the Hebrew Bible — from Genesis to Chronicles — which, at more than 3,000 pages, in three volumes, occupied most of an end table. Published this month, it represents the culmination of nearly two and a half decades of work.
Alter told me about his decision to reject one of the oldest traditions in English translation and remove the word “soul” from the text. That word, which translates the Hebrew word nefesh, has been a favorite in English-language Bibles since the 1611 King James Version. But consider the Book of Jonah 2:6 in which Jonah, caught in the depths of a giant fish’s gut, sings about the terror of near-death by water. According to the King James Version, Jonah says that the Mediterranean waters “compassed me about, even to the soul” — or nefesh. The problem with this “soul,” for Alter, is its Christian connotations of an incorporeal and immortal being, the dualism of the soul apart from the body. Nefesh, to the contrary, suggests the material, mortal parts, the things that make us alive on this earth. The body.
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17 hours ago
When We Eat, or Don’t Eat, May Be Critical for Health - The New York Times
A growing body of research suggests that our bodies function optimally when we align our eating patterns with our circadian rhythms.
Nutrition scientists have long debated the best diet for optimal health. But now some experts believe that it’s not just what we eat that’s critical for good health, but when we eat it.
A growing body of research suggests that our bodies function optimally when we align our eating patterns with our circadian rhythms, the innate 24-hour cycles that tell our bodies when to wake up, when to eat and when to fall asleep. Studies show that chronically disrupting this rhythm — by eating late meals or nibbling on midnight snacks, for example — could be a recipe for weight gain and metabolic trouble.
That is the premise of a new book, “The Circadian Code,” by Satchin Panda, a professor at the Salk Institute and an expert on circadian rhythms research. Dr. Panda argues that people improve their metabolic health when they eat their meals in a daily 8- to 10-hour window, taking their first bite of food in the morning and their last bite early in the evening.
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17 hours ago
Dave Lewis - It was 50 years ago: You can never have too much of a...
It was 50 years ago: You can never have too much of a great thing – some of the Led Zeppelin I pressings I’ve accumulated over the years…
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17 hours ago
Dave Lewis - Led Zeppelin I – it was 50 years ago… Despite often...
Led Zeppelin I – it was 50 years ago…
Despite often being attributed to either Sunday, January 12, 1969 or Friday, January 17, 1969, the correct “official” release date of the debut album might well have been Monday, January 20, 1969.
As Mike Tremaglio has noted, it’s this release date that was referenced in an Atlantic Records memo accompanying white label advance LPs issued to radio stations by June Harris on December 30, 1968.
The album debuted on the Billboard charts at #99 on February 15, 1969 and peaked at #10 on May 17, 1969. It stayed in the top twenty LPs for 30 consecutive weeks, from March 8, 1969 through September 27, 1969
Thanks Mike for that info – I think the aforementioned album will be on the player here today…in fact for the rest of the week…
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17 hours ago
The 4 ‘Attachment Styles,’ and How They Sabotage Your Work-Life Balance - The New York Times
Our subconscious programming — developed through our youth and on into adulthood — plays a huge role in how we survive or thrive at work. Here’s how your “attachment style” may affect your office relationships.
Your better mind knows exactly how to manage your time better at work but a primal, seemingly uncontrollable urge to do the opposite overtakes you.
You know you should say no when you’re asked to take on that new project, but you say yes. Or you know your boss said your report was good enough, but you work until midnight perfecting it. Or you’re just stuck — wanting to do better but unsure that trying will help — so you do nothing.
If you are frustrated with your seemingly irrational behavior, the root issue may be deep subconscious programming known as your “attachment style.” Your attachment style dictates how you relate to other people, particularly in situations that trigger stress.
Attachment style discussions typically arise in relation to the bond between parents and children or romantic partners, but in my work as a time management coach, I’ve seen that individuals can also “attach” differently in the workplace. Here’s how to identify your attachment style, and take control of how you manage your time.
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17 hours ago
Rams LT Andrew Whitworth on call: “It’s an excuse, however you cut it” - Turf Show Times
Big Whit explains why the New Orleans Saints, and their fans, can move on from the no call
You know what, we’re just feel happy that we went through that game, the adversity that we faced and found a way to win it. And you know Rich, I’ve played 13 years. I’ve played a ton of games. I’ve had a ton of calls that could have gone one way or the other or should have or whatever that have claimed to have been missed. But I’ve lost a playoff game to a coach being on the field getting a personal foul drawn from our players.
So, I’ve experienced it, man, and I know it’s tough. But the reality is, football was played after that snap, and you know what, whatever team tries to win the game from there and wins it won the football game.
football  playoffs  rams 
18 hours ago
Andrew Whitworth is tired of hearing about the non-call: ‘It’s an excuse’
It was the non-call heard around the world. The lack of a flag on Nickell Robey-Coleman for pass interference toward the end of the Los Angeles Rams’ win over the Saints in the NFC championship game has been the subject of nonstop discussion in sports media.
One person who has grown tired of the constant talk is Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who called into The Rich Eisen Show to talk about the game. Whitworth called the arguments from the Saints and their players “an excuse” and pointed out how the Saints had plenty of chances to close out the game after the play, saying “the reality is, football was played after that snap.”
football  playoffs  rams 
18 hours ago
Capturing the Eye-Popping Density of Hong Kong's Tower Blocks
Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, with an overall density of an estimated 6,300 people per square kilometer. More than 7 million people live on about 1,108 square kilometers (427 square miles) of land, and 29.1% of the Hong Kong population lives in public rental housing estates.
To start off a 3.5-week trip and before heading to Southeast Asia, my friend Michael Sheffels and I stopped in Hong Kong for 4 days to see the area and explore the Kowloon side as well.
This was our last, longest and most urban stop before heading into the quiet country. For years I have seen amazing pictures and series of these public housing/apartment tower blocks being built and knew that they were something I wanted to see and document for myself. Rather than just creating stills from these, I went with the goal of taking abstract videos and displaying them more like art, showing off their true scale.
Please enjoy my short film above as well as a few of my favorite stills captured...
architecture  china  photography  video 
18 hours ago
How an Elaborate International Scam is Making the Rounds Among Instagrammers and Photographers
It all started with an email from Wendi Murdoch. She claimed that she had found us through a personal recommendation from a senior editor at Conde Naste Traveler. We had just finished talking with Conde Nast Traveler about doing some Instagram featured work on both my and Zory’s accounts, so the timing made sense.
Flattered, I kept reading her pitch about needing some up and coming photographers to help capture the essence of China for an upcoming exhibit centered around the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022.
I had a rough idea of who Wendi Murdoch was: a Chinese American art philanthropist and shrewd businesswoman who made waves with an expensive divorce from media tycoon Rupert Murdoch.
scam  security  privacy  asia  photography  travel  olympics 
18 hours ago
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Agrees With America About Taxes
MUCH OF THE U.S. political system was flummoxed two weeks ago when a brand new 29-year-old congressperson made a seemingly radical proposal on “60 Minutes.”
Here’s what Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said that wound everyone up: The U.S. should tax income over $10 million per year at a top rate of 60 or 70 percent.
Republicans responded by shamelessly lying about what this meant, pretending that Ocasio-Cortez was advocating a tax rate of 70 percent on all income. Some older Democrats, such as House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, adopted the standard Democratic tactic of cowering in fear before a deceptive Republican onslaught, like abused dogs.
The hullabaloo was understandable: Ocasio-Cortez’s forthright advocacy demonstrated that American politics, against the odds, can sometimes be about what Americans want. After the “60 Minutes” episode aired, The Hill commissioned a poll that found that 59 percent of registered voters support raising the top marginal tax rate to 70 percent. The idea, The Hill wrote, even receives “a surprising amount of support among Republican voters. … 45 percent of GOP voters say they favor it.”
AOC  gov2.0  politics  congress  economics  taxes 
20 hours ago
New Video Shows MAGA Teens Are Just As Awful As Everyone Thought
Two days ago, video was posted online that pretty much everyone who saw immediately recognized for what it was—footage of white teens taunting and harassing a Native American elder named Nathan Phillips on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. What was happening was clear and unmistakable, not just resonant but immediately recognizable as iconic. If you wanted to compress the history of relations between the powerful and the powerless in America, or the dynamics of the current moment, into a single image, you couldn’t do much better than to present a white teen in a MAGA hat, surrounded by a screaming horde of his peers, smirking into the face of an old Native American man.
Perhaps—probably—because what had happened was so undeniable, it was immediately denied. Right-wing trolls not only immediately proposed that the visibly aggressive teens, who were draped in the symbols of white nationalism and misogyny, were in fact the aggressed upon, but began a campaign of brutal online harassment against anyone—especially journalists and especially female journalists—who accurately described what they had seen, or reacted to it on the terms it deserved. In all it was an enactment of the culture-war tactics pioneered by Gamergate and used by Donald Trump to ascend to the pinnacle of global power: While random MAGA chuds and Pepes doxxed and threatened people online in an attempt to silence them and intimidate others, respectable types urged caution, proposing that if you were thoughtful enough you would perhaps realize that you hadn’t in fact seen what you had just seen, or that if you had, maybe it wasn’t that bad at all. Straight news reporters like the Wall Street Journal’s Byron Tau turned the subtext into text, asking whomst among us hasn’t participated in a racially-charged frenzy of barely-restrained violence that they wish hadn’t been become an instantly iconic representation of what America has been historically and what it is now...
news  politics  protest  racism  social_media  teenager  video 
20 hours ago
Rams' McVay will return to Atlanta as the youngest Super Bowl coach
Sean McVay is going back home for his second Super Bowl.
And this time he won’t need his grandfather to get him tickets to the big game.
Moments after guiding the Rams to their first Super Bowl since 2002, McVay admitted to reporters in New Orleans on Sunday that he’s only attended one Super Bowl — the game involving his future team against his future predecessor in his hometown.
On Jan. 30, 2000, the St. Louis Rams edged Jeff Fisher’s Tennessee Titans, 23-16, at the Georgia Dome on Mike Jones’ infamous goal-line tackle of Kevin Dyson.
McVay, who turns 33 on Thursday, had just turned 14 years old. His grandfather, former New York Giants head coach John McVay, had just finished his final season as San Francisco general manager.
“It’s kind of ironic,” McVay said. “I was at that game. My grandpa, when he was still involved in the NFL, he got me tickets for my birthday. Now we’ll get a chance to go back, (as well as) a lot of people that are very special to the McVay family.”
Nineteen years later, the youngest NFL head coach of the modern era will now become the youngest head coach to coach his team in a Super Bowl, when the Rams face New England at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Feb. 3.
“Growing up in Atlanta, it’s awesome,” McVay said. “I think my parents are probably a little more excited about it than I am, but this is about our football team.”
football  rams  superbowl  mcbae  coach 
21 hours ago
Jimmy Page is releasing an amp which recreates the sound of Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin News
Jimmy Page announced on January 22 that he will release “Sundragon,” a limited edition amplifier which he said recreates the performance of his original Supro Coronado amp that he used during his time in Led Zeppelin.
The website for the Sundragon amp says that 50 limited edition, hand-built amps will be released in 2019. All of the limited edition amps will be signed by Page.
A standard model of the amp will be released later in 2019, the site said.
The amps are being made in conjunction with music producer Perry Margouleff and guitar amp expert Mitch Colby.
“I had been impressed with the forensic analysis both Mitch and Perry had put into the research of the sonic reproduction of the original Supro amp to arrive at the Sundragon,” Page said in a statement on the Sundragon website.
music  jimmy_page  guitar  audio 
21 hours ago
SPILL ALBUM REVIEW: BOB DYLAN - MORE BLOOD, MORE TRACKS: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 14 | The Spill Magazine
When Blood On The Tracks was released in 1975, it was quickly acclaimed as one Dylan’s best albums, and it has only grown in stature of over time. Quite simply, it is one of rock’s most personal, painful and best albums ever released. At the time Dylan had this to say about the album, “A lot of people tell me they enjoyed that album. It’s hard for me to relate to that – I mean, people enjoying that type of pain.” Perhaps ‘enjoy’ is the wrong word, but one thing is for sure, Blood On The Tracks is a classic album.  The other interesting fact about Blood On The Tracks, is that it was Dylan’s first album for Columbia records after he had left for Asylum Records for two releases. Columbia must have been very happy he returned with this one.
Here we are 44 years later and Dylan, in continuing with his brilliant ‘Bootleg’ series, (Number 14 for those keeping count) and he has finally released just about everything committed to tape in the studio for the album Blood on The Tracks, and the world is a much better place for it. I think Dylan fans have been waiting for this album for a long time. A lot of the material has been written about, almost in mythological proportions, and maybe some were doubting it existed. It does exist, and here it is for all to enjoy.
music  dylan  box_set  bootlegs  70s  review 
21 hours ago
Review: Bob Dylan’s ‘More Blood, More Tracks’ is a Fascinating Deep Dive Into the Making of a Masterpiece – Rolling Stone
This boxset reissue of ‘Blood on the Tracks’ shows the meticulous process that went into creating his deeply personal 1975 album.
Released on January 20th, 1975, Blood on the Tracks was many records – in conception, execution and rapid change of mind – on its way to canonization: Bob Dylan’s greatest album of the Seventies and, as much as the singer has denied it since, the most emotionally direct body of songs he has ever committed to a single LP. It was an album born amid a crisis of family, largely composed in retreat – on Dylan’s farm in Minnesota – and initially recorded in New York as his nine-year marriage to the former Sara Lowndes broke down. Blood on the Tracks was also saved, appropriately, by family. David Zimmerman, Dylan’s younger brother, arranged the last-minute sessions in Minneapolis with local musicians that became half of the final sequence.
All but five of the 87 tracks on the six-CD super-forensic edition of More Blood, More Tracks comprise the entirety of Dylan’s sessions in mid-September, 1974 at A&R Studios – the former Columbia facility where he made his first albums a decade earlier – as he wrestles with the bones and language of his new songs, across a range of acute reflection and romantic turmoil. Over two CDs from September 16th alone, Dylan runs through eight of the eventual album’s ten songs in a variety of tests. They include the barbed farewell in “You’re a Big Girl Now” and the crime-and-revenge allegory “Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts,” both solo and acoustic, as if it was still 1963; the warm resignation of “Simple Twist of Fade” with Eric Weissberg’s progressive-country band Deliverance; and “Idiot Wind,” Dylan’s jeremiad at its most stark and seething over just his guitar and a bass.
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21 hours ago
The Bootleg Series Vol. 14: More Blood, More Tracks - Wikipedia
The Bootleg Series Vol. 14: More Blood, More Tracks is an installment in the ongoing Bob Dylan Bootleg Series, released by Legacy Records on November 2, 2018.[1][2][3] The compilation focuses on recordings Dylan made in September and December 1974 for his 1975 album Blood on the Tracks.[4][5][6] The release comes in both a one-CD standard edition and a six-CD deluxe edition.[7]
On September 20, 2018, in conjunction with the announcement of the compilation, Dylan released an alternate take of the song "If You See Her, Say Hello".[8][9]
Six-disc deluxe edition
The day before the limited edition six-disc set shipped a note appeared on Bob Dylan's official website reported that a printing error resulted in four pages being omitted from the booklet accompanying the set. The website apologized for the omission and provided a PDF download of the missing pages.
Disc two
5. "Meet Me in the Morning" (Edited version included on original test pressing, and previously released on Blood on the Tracks) 9/16/74: Take 1 5:43
Disc three
15. "Shelter From The Storm" (Previously released on Blood on the Tracks) 9/17/74: Take 4 5:02
Disc four
2. "You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" (Previously released on Blood on the Tracks) 9/17/74: Take 2, Remake 2 3:25
12. "Buckets of Rain" (Previously released on Blood on the Tracks) 9/19/74: Take 4, Remake 2 3:23
Disc five
5. "Simple Twist of Fate" (Previously released on Blood on the Tracks) 9/19/74: Take 3, Remake 4:22
Disc six
4. "Idiot Wind" (Previously released on Blood on the Tracks) 12/27/74: Minneapolis Remake 7:53
5. "You’re a Big Girl Now" (Previously released on Blood on the Tracks) 12/27/74: Minneapolis Remake 4:38
6. "Tangled Up in Blue" (Previously released on Blood on the Tracks) 12/30/74: Minneapolis Remake 5:47
7. "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts" (Previously released on Blood on the Tracks) 12/30/74: Minneapolis Remake 8:59
8. "If You See Her, Say Hello" (Previously released on Blood on the Tracks) 12/30/74: Minneapolis Remake 4:44
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21 hours ago
Bob Dylan: More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 Album Review | Pitchfork
Jokes about the title aside, this payload of alternate takes presents a complex portrait of a complicated time for the singer-songwriter as he made a masterpiece.
The lore has always been that there are two versions of Blood on the Tracks. There’s the one that got released in January 1975—the comeback album that reinvigorated Bob Dylan’s career after a stint in the shadows, the classic that begins with the low hurdy-gurdy of “Tangled Up in Blue” and saunters onward like a sad walk through autumn woods. And then there’s the version that Dylan scrapped—the widely bootlegged, mostly acoustic collection he recorded in four days in New York City but second-guessed weeks before its scheduled release. He rewrote and re-recorded half the songs with a full band at home in Minnesota, in two days just after Christmas 1974. A combination became the definitive Blood on the Tracks.
Anytime during the last 40 years, Sony could have simply released the record’s early version, long known to fans as the “New York Sessions,” and sold it as a simple, digestible lost classic. But that is not how Dylan’s Bootleg Series, now in its 14th volume, operates: Instead, we’ve got the charmingly titled More Blood, More Tracks which, across six discs and 87 recordings, documents every note of those New York sessions and the complete full-band renditions from Minnesota. For more casual fans, there’s a one-CD or double-LP set that features the best alternate take of each song, stripped of overdubs or production effects. And so, a third version of Blood on the Tracks emerges—one that illustrates the vulnerability of the scrapped release, the one-take intimacy of Dylan’s earliest work, and the grandness of the album proper.
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21 hours ago
More Blood, More Tracks – The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 Now Available! | The Official Bob Dylan Site
NOV 02, 2018
Bob Dylan – More Blood, More Tracks – The Bootleg Series Vol. 14
is Now Available!
Eagerly Anticipated New Chapter in Acclaimed Dylan Bootleg Series Unveils Previously Unreleased Studio Performances from 1974’s Mythic Blood on the Tracks Sessions
Single Disc / 2LP Edition Showcases Revelatory Alternate NYC Versions of All 10 Songs from the Original Album + Unreleased Take of “Up to Me”
6CD Limited Edition Deluxe Set Presents the Complete New York City Recording Sessions + the Five Existing Minneapolis/Sound 80 Recordings in Chronological Order
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21 hours ago
10 Greatest Bob Dylan Songs – Rolling Stone
“Every songwriter after him carries his baggage,” Bono writes. “This lowly Irish bard would proudly carry his baggage. Any day.”
From the Sixties protest anthems that made Bob Dylan a star through to his noirish Nineties masterpieces and beyond, no other contemporary songwriter has produced such a vast and profound body of work: songs that feel at once awesomely ancient and fiercely modern. 
See our picks for his 10 greatest songs below, and for more, check out our epic list of his 100 greatest songs right here.
‘Like a Rolling Stone’
That sneer — it's something to behold. Elvis had a sneer, of course. And the Rolling Stones had a sneer that, if you note the title of the song, Bob wasn't unaware of. But Bob Dylan's sneer on "Like a Rolling Stone" turns the wine to vinegar.
It's a black eye of a pop song. The verbal pugilism on display here cracks open songwriting for a generation and leaves the listener on the canvas. "Like a Rolling Stone" is the birth of an iconoclast that will give the rock era its greatest voice and vandal. This is Bob Dylan as the Jeremiah of the heart, torching romantic verse and "the girl" with a firestorm of unforgiving words. Having railed against the hypocrisies of the body politic, he now starts to pick on enemies that are a little more familiar: the scene, high society, the "pretty people" who think they've "got it made." He hasn't made it to his own hypocrisies — that would come later. But the "us" and "them" are not so clearly defined as earlier albums. Here he bares his teeth at the hipsters, the vanity of that time, the idea that you had a better value system if you were wearing the right pair of boots.
For some, the Sixties was a revolution. But there were others who were erecting a guillotine in Greenwich Village not for their political enemies, but rather for the squares. Bob was already turning on that idea, even as he best embodied it, with the corkscrew hair Jimi Hendrix would later admit to imitating. The tumble of words, images, ire and spleen on "Rolling Stone" shape-shifts easily into music forms 10 or 20 years away, like punk, grunge or hip-hop. Looking at the character in the lyric, you ask the question "How quickly could she have plunged from high society to 'scrounging' for her 'next meal'?" Perhaps it is a glance into the future; perhaps it's just fiction, a screenplay distilled into one song.
It must have been hard to be or be around Dylan then; that unblinking eye was turning on everybody and everything. But for all the tirading, the real mischief is in its ear-biting humor. "If you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose" is the T-shirt. But the line that I like the best is "You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns/When they all did tricks for you/You never understood that it ain't no good/You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you."
The playing on this track — by the likes of guitarist Mike Bloomfield and keyboardist Al Kooper — is so alive and immediate that it's like you're getting to see the paint splash the canvas. As is often the case with Bob in the studio, the musicians don't fully know the song. It's like the first touch. They're getting to know it, and you can feel their joy of discovery as they're experiencing it.
When the desire to communicate is met with an equal and opposite urge not to compromise in order to communicate — when those two things are in perfect balance — is when everything happens with rock & roll. And that's what Dylan achieved in "Rolling Stone." I don't know or particularly care who this song is about — though I've met a few people who have claimed it was about them (some who weren't even born in 1965). The real thrill for me was that "once upon a time" in the world, a song this radical was a hit on the radio. The world was changed by a cranky voice, a romantic spirit, somebody who cared enough about an unrequited love to write such a devastatingly caustic put-down.
I love to hear a song that changes everything. That's the reason I'm in a band: David Bowie's "Heroes," Arcade Fire's "Rebellion (Lies)," Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart," Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing," Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Public Enemy's "Fight the Power." But at the top of this dysfunctional family tree sits the king of spitting fire himself, the juggler of beauty and truth, our own Willy Shakespeare in a polka-dot shirt. It's why every songwriter after him carries his baggage and why this lowly Irish bard would proudly carry his luggage. Any day.
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22 hours ago
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